Monday, September 26, 2011

Simple Name Tag

I use the free program GIMP for all of my creations.

Items Needed:
Working knowledge of Gimp.
Scrap kit of choice.  I am using a Signature Lane Exclusive created by:
Check out her blog for all her awesome kits, tutorials & more!
Font of choice.  I am using the font Rock Show Whiplash
  Mask of choice.  I am using a Vix Halloween Mask.

1. The first thing I did was choose a couple of papers, and make new patterns to match the kit used.  I chose a lighter color/pattern for the main text...and a darker color for the outline.
2.  Next open a new canvas.  I started mine @ 440 x 340 pixels.
3.  In your layer box, right click on your canvas, and choose "add alpha channel".  Then hit delete on your keyboard.  This should make your canvas transparent.
4.  Choose your font, and use you text tool to create your name.  We are going to use the "glossy" filter, to be sure to center your text in your text box.
5.  Add glossy to your name, using your new patterns. (filters>alpha to log>glossy)
6. Remove the white background layer.
7.  You may also want to fit your canvas to your layers.  (image>fit canvas to layers)
8.  Your drop shadow layer will be on top.  We're going to move this layer down, so that it is above the "grow me" layer.
9.  For extra effect, I added a white outline.  To do this, we'll use our "select by color" tool (red dot)  Be sure to select the option "feather edges"  (blue dot) 

You are going to hold down the shift key, click on your layer (on your canvas) and drag outwards.  Continue holding down shift and repeat once or twice.  This will give you a dotted line around your name.

Next, we're going to make this selection bigger.  Using "grow selection". Options: Select>Grow.  A new dialog will appear.  Grow it by 1and click ok.
Now, add a new layer.  Layer>New Layer.  You don't need to change any of the options, simply click ok.  In your layer box, place this layer under your "grow me" layer.  Use your "bucket fill" tool & fill this layer with color.  I used white. 
 Lastly, we're going to add a bevel to this layer.  Filters>Decor>Add Bevel.  Un-check the box that says "Work On Copy".  Then adjust your bevel level number.  I used 20.

10.  You're ready to add your elements.  I used a spiked heart, a bear & a rabbit.  Open each as layers, and scale to fit the way you like, behind your name.  When using your scale tool, be sure to click the chain link to maintain the correct dimensions!!  Just for an bear is approx 152 x 163 pixels.  The heart is 161 x 191 pixels.  This will vary depending on the elements you use!

11.  Add drop shadows to your elements.  Filters>Light & Shadow>Drop Shadow.  I am using the following settings:

12.  Open a paper of choice, and place it below your other layers.  Scale it to fit the way you like.
13.  Open your mask of choice and place it above your paper.  Apply your mask to your paper, then delete the mask layer.  Please see me Mask Tutorial for detailed mask instructions.  Adjust your mask, if needed.
14.  Merge your layers.  Edit>Merge visible layer.  Crop your finished tag.  Edit>Autocrop
15.  Be sure it is scaled to the size you need.  Edit>Scale Image. in png format.
Please let me know if you have trouble!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Using Masks

I use the free program Gimp for all of my creations.

This is a super quick & easy tut on how to use a mask, for tag backgrounds & more!
Supplies Needed:
Paper Of Choice
I am using a paper created by: Wicked Creationz Scraps
 Mask of choice
I am using Vix Mask #400

1. Open your paper (file>open)
2. Open your mask as a new layer (file>open as layer)
3.  Using your scale tool, scale you mask to cover your paper.  When your scale dialog box appears, be sure to click the "chain link" so that you maintain the correct dimensions!  You should always do this when using the scale tool!

4.  Add a layer mask to your paper layer.  To do this, right click on your paper your layer box.  Choose "add layer mask".  This will open a new dialog box.  For this tut, we will leave all the options as they are and simply click "apply".
5.  When you apply your layer mask, your paper will look the same, but you will notice a white box next to your paper, in your layer box.
6.  In your layer box, click the eye next to your mask, to make it invisible.
7.  Be sure you have your mask layer selected.  Then copy it.  (edit>copy)
8.  Next, in your layer box, click on the white box next to your paper.
9.  You are going to paste your mask onto your paper. (edit>paste)
10.  This creates a "floating layer"  In your layer box, click the anchor towards the bottom.

11.  You can now completely remove or delete your mask layer.
12.  In your layer box, click on your paper layer and choose "apply layer mask"

Masks can be used for a lot of different effects!
Enjoy =)

Adding Texture Using "Glossy"

I use the free program Gimp, for all of my creations.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to add texture using the filter "Glossy".
For demonstration, we will do a simple name.
I am using a basic font & standard Gimp pattern, but you can also use a new pattern you made from the last tutorial ;)

1.  Open a new canvas {file>new}
I made my canvas 400 x 200 pixels
2.  To make a transparent background-right click on your layer, in your layer box and "add alpha channel" then hit delete on your keyboard.
3.  Choose your font.
4.  Use your text tool, create a text box...and type your name.
*important note*
For best results, you want some space around your name.  So, hit "enter" and the space bar a couple of that your text is more centered in your test box.
5.  Make your text large, and centered in your canvas.  Mine is 139 px. using the "Impact Condensed" font.

6.  Now we're going to add some texture.  We are going to open our glossy dialog.  From your options at the top choose... Filters>Alpha To Logo>Glossy. 
7.  For this demonstration, I have chosen to make my outline number 2. (red dot)
I have selected to use pattern for text (blue dot)  I used the pattern wood #1
I also selected to use a pattern for the outline (green dot) and, I chose wood #2

When you use glossy, it automatically puts a background behind it.  To get rid of it simply delete that layer, in your layer box. 
Glossy also automatically gives you a drop shadow.  You can always delete it and add your own, if you would prefer a different effect.

8.  After removing the white background, simply merge your layers together (image>merge visible layers)
Autocrop (Image>Autocrop) & save in png format.
There are tons of things you can do with this feature...and lots of ways to play with it!

Creating New Patterns For Gimp

I use the free program Gimp, for all of my creations.

This is just a super quick explanation, of how to create a new pattern to use in Gimp.

1.  Choose & open a paper that you like.
2.  Reduce your paper size using "scale image" { image>scale image}
If your paper has a pattern, I recommend 200 x 200 pixels. 
If it is mainly a solid color, I recommend 100 x 100.
3.  Next, you want to copy it. {edit>copy}
4.  Then, paste it as a new pattern. {edit>paste as>new pattern}
5.  A small box will pop up.  You need to name your new pattern, in the top line and save by clicking ok.
Your new pattern is now ready to use!!
When you close your paper, it will say you have made changes and ask if you want to save.  Be sure to click NO!!!  You do not want to save the changes to your original paper!
If you have questions...let me know!